Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s radio show on Wednesday, Albert Breer from the MMQB declared that disgruntled Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will end up on the Bucs next season.

While Breer didn’t give an explanation due to the rapid fire question and answer to the segment, Cowherd also said he had heard that through the grape vine.

Bell is one of the most prolific running backs in the entire NFL, known for his patience in the backfield and an excellent pass catching back. He has two all-pro honors and three Pro Bowls on his resumé.

Bell sat out the 2018 season because of a contract dispute with the Steelers. He wanted to be the highest paid back in the league, but the Steelers elected to use the franchise tag on him instead. Bell gave up $14.5 million in guaranteed money by sitting out this year, looking to cash in on a long-term contract.

The Bucs had bruising running back Peyton Barber as their starting running back, who ran for 871 yards with a 3.7 yards per attempt in his first season as the starter, all behind an underachieving offensive line. After Barber, the Bucs running back situation gets murky as rookie Ronald Jones had a disappointing year, running for just 44 yards, and eight-year veteran Jacquizz Rodgers was mostly a third down back.

Making room to get a player like Bell would force the Bucs to make plenty of roster cuts for the kind of deal that he wants.

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  1. Too much money and too much drama.

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  2. Love the talent, but he wants way too much money for a runningback. And also a bit if a diva which after mesean, we dont need.

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  3. Way too much money. The highest paid running back last year (if Bell got paid):
    1) Todd Gurly, LA Rams, $15 miillion cap hit
    2) L’Von Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers, $14.54 mii cap hit
    3) Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons – $8.25 mil cap hit
    4) LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills – $8.01 mil cap hit
    5) Saquon Barkley, New York Giants – $7.80 mil cap hit

    Bell wants closer to $20 million. If the Bucs get him for that, then I change my mind about Licht and he should be fired immediately. No RB is worth that much in this day and age.

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  4. Put Peyton Barber behind Villanueva, Decastro, and Pouncy, and he runs for 1400 yards

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    • Easily

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  5. Would love to have the talent, but when you thumb your nose at a storied franchise like Pittsburgh and could potentially shred our small market locker room no thanks. Plus the dollar investment would limit our ability to fill some other need positions. I like Barber and would hope Licht could find a good complement for him for far less money.

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    • PS: who knows maybe the right coach could improve Jones, I doubt it but I have found myself wrong about most things related to Buc’s recently.

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  6. 20 million Bell 21 million Winston where does the cap space come from ?

    REMEMBER THE D NEEDS SOME ATTENTION AND MONEY SPENT THERE.

    If you had QB under rookie contract Bell wood work Makes me think back to the trade of Josh Allen to Buffalo for Veta Vea

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    • Wait a minute, Buc Ass made some sense here?

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    • Story about Bell but still found a way to take a shot at Winston. Jameis Winston will be the QB for the Bucs in 2019 and hopefully many years beyond that. Get over it!!

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      • BAB makes a great point. Grossly overpaying Winston $21M next year just makes it that much harder to surround a quality quarterback from the draft with offensive linemen, running backs, and a better defense that takes the pressure of the entire offense.

        All the terrific young quarterbacks in the league today who are vastly outplaying Winston after four years just makes it obvious we made a big mistake in 2015 and the best way forward is to cut Winston and draft the next Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Deshaun Watson, etc. Take the savings and make the Bucs better where it’s truly needed.

        It’s economics, not about player worship.

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        • So according to Naples having a franchise QB that is getting paid like such is just is a bad idea that will hurt your team. 21 million for one year to see if Jameis can be a franchise QB is a steal. Jameis has put up numbers that compare to hall of famers in his first 4 years. I know, I know he has had a lot of turnovers but let’s at least see if a different coach can help that. We all know you, buc ass bob and sunshineben have your opinion about Jameis but none offer a better solution. It’s easy to say just draft another QB and pay other players but it just doesn’t work that way. We all know the team needs upgrades in a lot of areas but letting Jameis go before we truly know what he can be is just stupid and would set this franchise back several more years. So as fans we root for the guys that put on the jersey regardless if we agree or not. So you and a few others need to accept that Winston will get his chance in 2019 to prove you wrong or right. I’m going to root for Jameis and the Bucs and hope it works. I hope we pay him millions over the next 15 years. But if not than we will find someone else and I will root for him the same. That’s what a fan is suppose to do.

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          • NFL quarterbacks are overpaid, period.

            There was a perception a few years ago that quality quarterbacks were like unobtainium – nearly impossible to find, and if you ever find one, or one that sorta pretends to be one like Winston – who leads the entire league in turnovers for the last four seasons – must be kept on roster no matter what.

            Well, look around, the NFL is finally getting over its silly insistence on silly physical dimensions to qualify as a “NFL prototype quarterback”, and all of a sudden there has been a huge raft of highly successful quarterbacks who contribute immediately to their teams and many do not resemble the silly NFL prototype, or who do not limit themselves to standing in the pocket, and come from NCAA spread offenses rather than so-called “pro style offenses”. Not only does that include older certain HOFers like Drew Brees, but also mid-career certain HOFer Russell Wilson, and new guys like Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, etc.

            Winston was supposedly the perfect specimen of the “NFL pro style prototype pocket quarterback” but he is the world leader in giveaways and has led his team to losing seasons three out of four years and no playoff appearances.

            Give it up, dudes. The NFL has radically changed in the last 10 years. It is a new era in which quarterbacks are not relegated to riding the bench or playing poorly in their early years as the coaches attempt to mold and shape them to a 1980s prototype of what a quarterback should be. The new era QBs and their coaches are burning up the league right now.

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        • Naples you continue to say grossly over paid for Winston at 21 million. You do realize Blake bottles made $18 million this year, Mike Glennon was given $15 million and neither of those two are half the player Winston is. It’s just what the market is these days unless you draft a rookie. Hell Sam Bradford made $16 million and that dude hasn’t played a whole season in his career. I’m not attacking you so don’t call me a troll lol, you just seem to think this is still the 80’s with these quarterback contracts.

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          • Bortles was not only grossly overpaid for his capabilities and performance, he is no longer an active quarterback for his team.

            The GOAT gets paid $16M a year to lead his team to 10 straight division championships and multiple Super Bowls. Brady is paid appropriately.

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          • Yes, the goat is paid $16 million, because HE TOOK A PAY CUT to help the team so don’t even try with that example.

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        • IT is about economics Naples, and as boho stated, you’re basing salary projections for QBs like its the 80’s. Jameis winston at that price will be the 14th highest paid qb in the league. It is not hard to understand this topic, but no matter how many times it’s mentioned, you seem to struggle with it. AS you stated, it’s simple economics.
          Also of footnote since you seem to think hes’ overpaid, Jameis Winston was the number one rated QB against the blitz this year, number 4 on third down, number 8 in total Qbr for the season. But alas, hes playing with the 32 ranked rushing attack and the 29th ranked defense. If only he played D tackle or defensive back as well.

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          • Winston is the number infinity rated quarterback in wins and losses, and in quarterback giveaways over his four years in the league.

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  7. Need a coach with credibility to handle the guy. Arians could do it. none of these coordinators could. You would have the recipe for championship competitiveness. Add that guy to this offense and you could have the best in the NFL. It would put people in the seats next year for sure

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  8. No thanks..Bell is way too selfish for my liking, he wants too much money as well. We need to use money for linemen more than anything else.

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  9. Fiscally unsound move. Character wise, even more foolish.

    No thank you!

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  10. If you actually followed the story Bell did not want $20 million a year. I wonder where you got that information from. He wanted more guaranteed money and the Steelers only offered $10 million, with another $10 million in signing bonus. $20 million was for one year alone. I’m pretty sure he would sign for $12 million if there was more guaranteed money in the contract for more than just one year. Todd Gurley signed for $45 million guaranteed and $20 million in signing bonus.

    Not advocating for Bell in Tampa, because our offensive line sucks. I would invest it in getting a Guard, Offensive Tackle, and or CB with that money.

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  11. Silly season talk … pay no attention to it.

    Great teams, the ones that have sustained success year after year, simply don’t overpay players, even those who are obviously the best at their position league wide. Including quarterbacks.

    Which team would we rather be … the Packers with the league’s highest paid quarterback at $33M per year, a just-fired coach, and cannot afford to pay that QBs best receiver (Cobb) in 2019? Nor can they afford a better offensive line or a better defense?

    Or would we rather be the Patriots … who pay the GOAT quarterback less than half what GB pays their overpaid diva, a guy who seems to get injured nearly every season now, while the Pats can afford to surround their modestly-paid GOAT quarterback with very good receivers, linemen, defenses, etc. and where nobody on the team gets highest pay in the league?

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  12. Why would we pay anyone that money to try and find some room to get loose behind this leaky line. Stupidity.

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  13. Talk of a splash H.C. hire, Kelly, trade for Harbough, now talk of a big F.A. signing Bell. If any of this is true Bucs brass are out of their minds thinking we’re a player, and coach away from greatness. In spite of what Reynolds says about Licht, we have more holes in our roster then swiss cheese thanks to him. Follow the only winning formula we ever had. Find the next Dungy, pair him with the young players we have, draft, and develop. There’s no quick fix for us.

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  14. Is it Leveon Bell or the Pittsburgh offensive line?

    5th round pick and back up James Conner looked good until he got hurt. Then the Steelers plug in rookie TE converted RB Jaylon Samuels and HE starts tearing it up. At this point, I’m not so sure it’s Leveon. I would pass on him like the Bucs should have passed on Desean Jackson.

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  15. Looking at that list of the top 5 paid RB’s in 2018, only one team (Rams/Gurley) made the playoffs. Even if we were “one player away” from being a championship contender, I think the Bell to Bucs idea is a bad one. We are likely rid of Diva Meshaun Jackson and his self absorbed outlook on a team sport, good riddance. This just in, our O-line is not the caliber of the Steelers (the fact we are even giving consideration to resigning LT Smith is proof as well as nauseating). We have more vital holes to fill to right this pirate ship and Me’Veon Bell is a luxury and risk we cannot assume at this time.

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  16. This would be a NO!

    Build an O-line and rushing yards will follow.

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  17. Any word on the OL being fixed or has Caleb Benenoch really impressed Licht with a post season workout at the facility? Probably upped his bench press since the season is over and really wowed our caring compassionate GM. Make a RB the highest paid RB in the league OR devote some resources to our OL that helps the run AND passing game….overpay the RB for 500! Jason I’ll help you out because you are clueless, call up your old friends in AZ and see what it cost in draft capital to get David Johnson. He was just extended for like 3/30M which isn’t bad and on that team they might value a 2nd round pick or a 3rd round pick with Ronald Jones for cap flexibility. Last offseason I said man Pouncey is from FL, has played at a Pro Bowl level and should be priced according, we should seriously pursue him and then he made Jensen the highest paid C in football lol so we know what he will do, whatever the dumbest thing to do is. Knowing him he will pay LeVeon and draft another RB in the 2nd round which PR will praise because man that should really fix the running game lol.

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  18. If Bell cared about winning he would have played for the 15 mil he was offered by a true Super Bowl contender. Why should the bucs expect him to be any better Monday through Saturday than guys like DJax, Chris Baker, or Anthony Collins were?

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  19. Take that money and put it into a Left Tackle not named Donovan Smith

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  20. Draft RT,RG,RB. Screw Bell, anyone that pays him that much is nuts. He’s not young and RB’s get hurt too. Factor in drama etc. pass for sure.

    They also still need Safety,CB, and DT help if moving on from McCoy.

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  21. too much money for Bell…..fix the offensive line and Defensive lines first……There will be plenty of good tough running backs in the draft to pick from.

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  22. If you build a great offensive line, Barber will rush for 1000 yards, draft a good back to be Barber’s under study. Jordan Scarlet from Florida or Miles Sanders Penn State these 2 off the top of my head are tough runners and have a little speed to boot and can catch a pass. The time has come for the BUCS to be smart dont draft players who just wanna collect a paycheck draft ones that love to play football and wanna win. Same goes for signing FA’s.

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  23. Guys like Bell are a cancer to the team chemistry. Thanks but no thanks! The days of having a high priced RB are gone and not needed! Fix the OLine and you’ll see that Barber May gain an additional 300 yards or so! OLine is the key to making Bucs better in 2019 and giving Jameis a little bit of time in the pocket! Our RB depth does need to be addressed though!

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  24. Licht does not have enough personal capital to even entertain that thought. I think we will see a very conservative decision making process from a GM that is on the hot seat.

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  25. Doesn’t Bell as a Raider make more sense…veteran guy (Gruden loves the vets), problem child (that org loves the problem children), lots of cap space, good OLine….

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  26. I thought we were hoping to change the culture here and rid the team of players who think more about themselves than the team, more about their bank statement than the Division standings and more about Pro-Bowls than Super Bowls.

    There’s no doubt that Bell is/was a good player who, at least on the field, would likely benefit our team. Goodness knows, at least initially, with Bell in the backfield, the running game and short passing game would garner some much needed respect. Maybe defenses would slow down their teeing off on Winston.

    It’s in the locker room where I have some concerns. While I know very little about him, my perception is that, due to his on field success, he has become a “me first” player. We don’t need that kind of veteran encouraging others to concentrate on “getting paid”.

    I’m all for players being compensated fairly and what the market dictates. I understand these players are a business unto themselves. I get that they have egos that causes them to compare their salaries to others’. Holding out the entire season seemed more selfish to me than a negotiation. I’ll bet he was surprised when his replacements did so well which weakened his plan. I recall Eric Rhett taking a similar approach and regretting it. Wonder if Bell has second thoughts and maybe a bit humbled.

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  27. that’s a hard pass at that price…
    the problem isn’t our RB, it’s the oline

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